Exhibitions

Crafts Center exhibitions include creative works from students, local artists and crafts guild members.

Exhibitions are on display throughout the year at the Crafts Center’s R. A. Bryan Foundation, Inc. Gallery and in the Street Gallery Windows. The windows usually display instructor examples for upcoming classes, craft guild exhibitions and works by Crafts Center artists and craftspeople.

Gallery exhibitions are supported by NCSU Foundation.

Exhibitions are open for viewing during normal Crafts Center hours as listed on our Calendar page.

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Gallery exhibitions are supported by NC State University Foundation .


Fall 2021


FLUXUS ACTIONS: An Exhibit of Chance, Randomness, and Uncertainty

Exhibition: November 9 – 14

Reception: Thursday, November 11, 5:00 – 7:00  pm

As artist Ken Friedman states in the Fluxus Reader, Fluxus is indeed the name of a way of doing things. It stretches across the arts and even across the areas between them. Fluxus is a way of viewing society and life, a way of creating social action and life activity.

The Fluxus exhibit is an interdisciplinary art happening. An event that is very much influenced by a group of experimental intermedia artists from the 1950s and 1960s, who developed art that they felt was built around 12 important principles:

GLOBALISM.UNITY OF ART AND LIFE. INTERMEDIA. EXPERIMENTALISM. CHANCE. PLAYFULNESS. SIMPLICITY. IMPLICATIVENESS. EXEMPLATIVISM. SPECIFICITY. PRESENCE IN TIME. MUSICALITY

As a democratic investigation of materials and mechanical chance processes, NCSU students from a variety of majors across the campus, have created a body of original works: performance interactions, poetry, and found object works for ARS 414, Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar. All investigations were made in the spirit of Fluxus.

Fluxus was an avant-garde art movement that emerged in the late 1950s by a group of artists who had become disenchanted with the elitist attitude they perceived in the art world at the time. These artists looked to Futurists and Dadaists for inspiration, focusing especially on performance aspects of the movements.

The two most dominant forces on Fluxus artists were Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, who championed the use of everyday objects and the element of chance in art, which became the fundamental attitude and practice of all Fluxus artists who include: Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Ken Friedman, Alison Knowles, Peter Shuman, Niki de St. Phalle, Dick Higgins, Helen Chadwick, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Claes Oldenburg.

The students in the exhibit have challenged themselves to produce their best work, focusing on materiality, process, and at times, uncertainty. The result will be something fresh and surprising, expressive, personal, interactive, engaging, and unique. You can expect visual poetry, interactive sculptures, sonic works, self-portraiture, and more. Please join us for an evening of art that is not just for art’s sake.

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Photographer Charles Moretz standing on a window-washing rig on the side of one of the World Trade Center twin towers. He has a large format camera beside him, and is attached to the rig with safety gear. You can see a ship in the bay far below.Charles Moretz ’72: Genius Loci: The Art of Remembrance

Exhibition: September 10 – November 5, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the R.A. Bryan, Inc. Gallery at the Crafts Center
Featuring Charles Moretz, beginning at 6 p.m.

In 1972, a young NC State School of Design graduate, Charles Moretz, left Raleigh and moved to Manhattan. As a budding professional photographer, Moretz captured New York City at a time when the city was in financial crisis. Yet, two of the largest buildings in the world were being constructed in lower Manhattan – the twin towers of the World Trade Center. These majestic structures were beacons of hope in a city scourged by homelessness and degradation. They became his muse. He photographed them from every angle, in various stages of light, and from every visible location in the city. His photographs caught the attention of the head of the World Trade Center Association, Guy Tozzoli. When Tozzoli saw Moretz’s photographs he exclaimed, “These are the best photos of the Twin Towers I’ve ever seen!” He then granted Charles full access to the towers [inside and out], provided he would allow his photos to be displayed on walls of the Windows of the World restaurant in the North Tower – which they were – and were subsequently destroyed when the towers fell on the morning of September 11.

This exhibition features Moretz’s unprecedented photos of the towers. He will share his compelling story of his journey to New York City and his access to the World Trade Center towers.

The exhibition also features the work of sculptor Ann Cowperthwaite and mixed media artist Carol Fountain Nix. These works are expressions of their experiences with the tragedy of 9/11 and how our current culture relates to this historical event.

Open to the public

Face coverings will be required for all who attend. Please check the Protect the Pack website for the most current information regarding campus policies.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Direct accommodation requests to: Carol Fountain Nix, clnix@ncsu.edu

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